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Brad grew up in Watervliet, Michigan. He was born on July 20, 1978 in South Haven and lived his entire life in Southwest Michigan. Brad worked for the last 20 years as a technician for Guse-Hahn Garage Doors. He was an excellent husband, father, and friend. He loved the outdoors! He enjoyed four wheeling, hunting, fishing, kayaking, and spending time at his cabin, especially his annual Labor Day trip with all his buddies. His greatest joys were spending time with his wife and being a dad to two amazing boys.

Brad is survived by his loving wife, Kim (Shannon), his sons Thomas Cockrun and Nathan Smith, and his mother Gale Smith. Brad died Friday, May 21, 2021 at home surrounded by his family. His brother, Andrew Dillenbeck and grandparents Edith and Richard Smith precede Brad in death.

Brad’s life will be celebrated Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. with a visitation prior starting at 4:00 p.m. at Hutchins Funeral Home in Watervliet. You are invited to leave a message of comfort for Brad’s family at


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